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UK govt ignoring public opposition to new Trident nuclear weapons

all the indications are that the will of the people – even including Daily Mail readers this time – is to be ignored yet again. Trident replacement has been excluded from the Strategic Defence Review, which would have forced debate on its actual military value. Instead, a ‘value for money review’ has been hastily cobbled together to give a fig-leaf of legitimacy to the decision to proceed with business as usual.

(UK) So just who does want to replace Trident? Greenpeace UK, by jossc on 13 July 2010. A YouGov poll released today reaffirms what we already knew: a clear majority people simply don’t support government plans to build a ‘like for like’ replacement for the Trident nuclear deterrent.The poll, undertaken on behalf of think tank Chatham House, found that only 29 per cent of the public backed the government’s Trident plans. Amongst opinion formers the level of support fell to a paltry 22 per cent.

Meantime, on the government’s spending review consultation website (which urges the public to “share your ideas about how to deal with the debt”) there are already more than a few well thought out suggestions about ditching Trident replacement. For instance:

Yet all the indications are that the will of the people – even including Daily Mail readers this time – is to be ignored yet again. Trident replacement has been excluded from the Strategic Defence Review, which would have forced debate on its actual military value. Instead, a ‘value for money review’ has been hastily cobbled together to give a fig-leaf of legitimacy to the decision to proceed with business as usual. So just who does want to replace Trident? | Greenpeace UK

July 14, 2010 - Posted by | UK, weapons and war | , , ,

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